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Brian Heurlin has practiced law in Vancouver since 1979. He graduated from Knox College in 1972 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and from the University of Seattle School of Law with distinction in 1975 and served as a law clerk to Judge Soule with the Washington State Court of Appeals. Mr. Heurlin’s law practice emphasizes the areas of business, real estate and financial institutions. This practice includes transactional matters (e.g., the purchase and sale of businesses, real estate, apartment complexes, etc.), negotiation of loan documentation, contract review and preparation, lease negotiations, formation of corporations and limited liability companies, as well as general business counsel matters. He has lectured for the Washington State Bar Association Continuing Education on the subject of shareholder agreements. He has been an instructor for the American Bankers Association on the Law of Banking.
Mr. Heurlin has also been active in the community. He has chaired the Vancouver School District Levy Committee. He was President of the Vancouver Rotary Club 1995-96. Formerly, he was Vice President of the Columbia River Economic Development Association, Chairman of the Board of Clark County YMCA, Vice President of the Salmon Creek Soccer Association, Chairman of the Vancouver School District Foundation and was Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 14, and president of the Vancouver Chapter of Gyros International. He was the co-founder of the Citizens for Progressive Leadership, a non-partisan business organization that provided endorsements to candidates for local offices. Mr. Heurlin has also chaired committees for the Chamber of Commerce, served on various committees for the Vancouver School District and has been a member of the Responsible Growth Forum.
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John Holtmann is a principal with the law firm of Heurlin, Potter, Jahn, Leatham & Holtmann, P.S. He graduated cum laude from Central Washington University in Ellensburg , Washington in 1983. He graduated from the College of Law at Willamette University in Salem , Oregon in 1987.
Mr. Holtmann has spent his entire career practicing law in his hometown of Vancouver , Washington . His current practice emphasizes representing individuals who have suffered all types of personal injury, including claimants in Washington Worker’s Compensation cases. Mr. Holtmann is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of Washington. He is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, Clark County Bar Association and a EAGLE Member of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Holtmann enjoys volunteering his time to better the community. He has been involved with such projects as the HOST Reading Tutor Program, local high school moot court competitions, Dynamic Young Men program and the volunteer lawyers pro bono program. Mr. Holtmann has coached numerous little league baseball and Hotshot basketball teams in the area.
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David Jahn is a principal with the law firm and has practiced law in Vancouver since 1982. Mr Jahn’s law practice emphasizes the areas of real estate and business transactions, entity formation (Corporations, LLCs) general business, contract matters and estate planning. Mr. Jahn is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and former trustee of the Clark County Bar Association.
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Steve Leatham has practiced law in Vancouver since 1986. He is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in both Washington and Oregon. Mr. Leatham graduated from Washington State University in 1982, cum laude, and is a Phi Beta Kappa member. He then graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, with honors, in 1985.
Mr. Leatham worked in both the Seattle and Vancouver offices of Seattle-based Williams, Kastner & Gibbs until he left in 1995 to become the third member of the firm that was then known as Heurlin & Potter. He has been a principal with that law firm since 1996.
Mr. Leatham has practiced as a trial attorney throughout his career. He represents numerous companies in asbestos litigation in the states of Washington and Oregon. He has litigated other products liability suits throughout the country, including New Jersey, New Hampshire, Idaho, Arkansas, and California. In addition to products liability litigation, Mr. Leatham practices extensively in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law, employment law, and real estate. He is often selected to serve as an arbitrator or mediator in uninsured motorist litigation and other civil disputes.
He has defended approximately ten different companies in asbestos litigation in Washington and Oregon, state and federal courts, since 1987. In that litigation, He has worked extensively with experts in various fields from around the country. He has also represented Columbia Machine in products liability lawsuits throughout the country since 1996, working with engineers, medical experts, and many other experts. He has also defended manufacturers and product sellers in other products liability actions in Oregon and Washington, with the actions involving toxicology, engineering, and other technical subjects.
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Rick Potter is a principal of Heurlin Potter. Mr. Potter graduated from the University of Washington in 1973 and Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College in 1976. He is an experienced litigator, having tried numerous cases since 1976. Mr. Potter is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Washington and Oregon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been specially admitted and appeared in state and federal counts through out the country, including California, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama and Oklahoma.
Mr. Potter represents numerous business, banking, real estate and professional entities in commercial, product liability and employment disputes. He is national product liability defense counsel for a worldwide industrial equipment manufacturer. Mr. Potter often serves as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial, employment and personal injury disputes.
Mr. Potter is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar Association, the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers and the Defense Research Institute. He has lectured at several continuing legal education seminars for the Washington State Bar Association regarding civil litigation, employment law and creditors’ rights.
Mr. Potter is active in the community serving as volunteer for local and state charitable, civic and political organizations. He has coached youth soccer teams, counseled arts organizations, represented numerous pro bono clients, served as a board member for a number of state and local poverty law programs and served as an advisor on political campaigns.
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Mark Stoker is a principal with the firm and has practiced law in Vancouver since 1984. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1981, and graduated from the Lewis and Clark Law School, cum laude in 1984.
Mr. Stoker has been an active participant in the community. He is past President of the Vancouver School District Board of Directors. He is a past President of the Vancouver Rotary Club 2000-2001, and a former member of the Vancouver School District Foundation board, Futures Committee for the Vancouver School District, and I Have a Dream of Clark County Foundation board.
Mr. Stoker is a member of the Washington and Oregon Bar Associations and his law practice emphasizes the areas of real estate transactions and finance, land use, and business. This practice includes transactional matters (e.g., the purchase and sale of: businesses, real estate, apartment complexes, etc.), land use negotiations and hearings, negotiation of loan documentation, review and preparation of contracts, lease negotiations, formation of corporations and limited liability companies, as well as general business counsel matters.